The Washington, D.C., Police Department announced on Monday that it, along with the FBI D.C. Field Office, is investigating the incident where some Proud Boys tore down a Black Lives Matter sign from a church and set it on fire over the weekend.
The BLM banner belonged to the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Proud Boys were marching when they stopped to tear down the banner.
The Proud Boys and Trump supporters burn the BLM banner while chanting and cheering in downtown DC: pic.twitter.com/L16azBBhbr— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) December 13, 2020
"Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. In partnership with MPD, the FBI Washington Field Office has offered an additional $2,000, bringing the total reward amount to $3,000 for information which leads to arrest and indictment of suspects in this case," the D.C. Police Department said in a press released.
MPD seeks suspects in a Destruction of Property offense that occurred on 12/12/20 in the 900 blk of 11th St, NW. MPD is investigating this offense as potentially being motivated by hate or bias. Have info? Call (202) 727-9099/text 50411 @FBIWFOhttps://t.co/5b8xfeu3AG pic.twitter.com/y2uP0XurE4— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) December 14, 2020
"The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating this offense as potentially being motivated in whole or in part by hate or bias. The designation can be changed at any point as an investigation proceeds and more information is gathered. A designation as a hate or bias-motivated crime by MPD does not mean that prosecutors will prosecute it as a hate crime. The Special Liaison Branch is assisting with this investigation," the press release continued.